Accurate bowling by David Schierhout and co. laid the foundation for Primrose’s nine-wicket win against Gugulethu in their Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) First Division A, one-day league match away at the weekend.
Roses had mixed bag of results in the run up to the Gugulethu match, having lost to United in their league opener before beating Goodwood, a fortnight ago.
Schierhout is proving to be handful with ball in hand as he was named last week’s WP club cricket player of the week, following his side’s victory.
He was, however, not the only bowler on top of his game against Gugulethu. In fact, teammate Shuhail Fortuin was the best bowler on the day, taking a fiver.
Playing at their fortress at NY49, the home side batted first and recorded a total of 101 all out in 39.4 overs. Batting at number two, Thembani Ngcingeza top-scored with 32 off 80 balls.
His opening partner, Siyabonga Madondo, on the other hand, was not as productive, only scoring one run off 14 balls. Middle order batsmen Mncedisi Tyilo (23 not out) and Khanyisile Mfana (15) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures for Gugs.
Fortuin was the pick of Primrose bowlers, taking five wickets for 15 runs in his 10-over spell.
He was well supported by Schierhout and Maahir Eksteen who took two wickets each.
It was then Primrose’s turn at the crease. Their opening pair of Aadam Tomlinson and Raees Carr took the game to the home side’s bowlers. Carr went on to top-score with 40 not out off 59 balls.
He scored four boundaries in the process. His opening partner Tomlinson contributed 24 runs (with three boundaries) off 31 balls. Batting at number three, Mujahid Behardien was as reliable as ever, scoring 31 not out off 26 balls.
He hit six boundaries in the process. Those contributions by the top three were enough to see the Roses reach 103/1 in 19.1 overs.
None of the Gugulethu bowlers were able to take wickets on the day, as Tomlinson, the only Primrose wicket to fall, was dismissed via a Ncedo Tywaku run out.
Despite that, however, there were a number of positives to come out of the Gugulethu bowling unit. Mthiwekhaya Nabe was the most economical of the bowling pack having conceded four runs in four overs (at the rate of one run per over).
That, however, was not enough as the Roses went on to win by nine wickets. Primrose will now welcome Kraaifontein at Rosmead Avenue on Saturday, while Gugulethu will lock horns with Goodwood also at home. In other First Division A action, Rylands were too good for Tygerberg, winning by 38 runs away at Florida Park.
Ottoman, on the other hand, narrowly went down by three wickets at home against Milnerton.
In other First Division A matches, Green Point beat Northerns Goodwood by seven wickets; Milnerton beat Ottoman by three wickets; Edgemead beat Kuils RIver by 13 runs; Kraaifontein beat United by 49 runs.
; and Rylands beat Tygerberg by 38 runs.